Feb. 2, 2010
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — “Iowa felt like home,” University of Iowa freshman running back Brandon Wegher recalls in a UI OSR and hawkeyesports.com exclusive available Wednesday as part of the UI Athletic Department’s coverage of “Signing Day.”
“Coach (Reese) Morgan made so many visits to come talk to me. With the Iowa coaches I felt I was more wanted here than anywhere else. Then with the running back situation (Doak Walker Award-winner Shonn Greene going to the NFL), I felt I could come in here and compete. It was a school close to home and I didn’t want to go far away.”
One year ago, Brandon Wegher was like hundreds of talented high school student-athletes today: Just hours from having one dream come true – signing a National Letter of Intent and receiving a scholarship to play NCAA Division I football – and beginning the path of yet another – the dream of competing and winning on the biggest stage, football in the Big Ten Conference.
Wegher had personal goals but he probably never dreamed he’d play such an important role in one of the most successful sesaons in the history of football at the UI, a year that was capped by his game-securing touchdown in the 2010 FedEx Orange Bowl.
“A highlight for me was just being out there the first game of the season,” said the 5-foot-11, 210-pound native of Dakota Dunes, S.D., a three-time all-stater and 2008 Class 3A championship game most valuable player.
“I didn’t play running back at all against UNI, but I was on a couple kickoff coverages and I had a tackle. I wouldn’t have cared if I wasn’t even out there. Just being on the sidelines and being part of Iowa football was the big thing for me.”
“A highlight for me was just being out there the first game of the season.”
Freshman running back Brandon Wegher
hawkeyesports.com’s exclusive visit with Wegher, one half of Iowa’s two-headed running back attack in 2009, highlights the content to be available inside hawkeyesports.com’s “RecruitCentral.” Other features include the official list and biographies for the newest additions to the Iowa football program, video highlights of each to-be-freshmen student-athletes, a link to a preview of the Official 2009 Iowa Football highlights DVD, “Black, Gold and Orange: The Story of the 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes presented by Hy-Vee,” and live and exclusive and free video of Kirk Ferentz’s meeting with the media.
RecruitCentral will go live shortly after 3 p.m., Iowa time, when the UI Athletic Department officially releases its list of the members of its Class of 2010.